NFL Free Agency News And Updates: Brandin Cooks Joins Patriots

By Jeff Thompson - 13 Mar '17 17:02PM
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  • (Photo : Christian Petersen/Getty) Brandin Cooks completed 1,173 receiving yards last season along with eight touchdowns for Saints.

The wide receiver, Brandin Cooks, was finally introduced to the team on Sunday. It was on Friday the announcement came that New England Patriots recruited him to the team from New Orleans Saints as the first-round pick of the season for the team. Interestingly, Saints will get 32nd pick in the first round and third round pick.

New England Patriots are looking to bring more players into the team to make it stronger. The current champion team has already recruited cornerback, Stephon Gilmore to the team on March 9 for a five-year contract worth $65 million. The team also brought the tight end, Dwayne Allen, from the Colts on March 9 in the fourth round pick. The new recruits are expected to strengthen the team lineup further in the upcoming the NFL season.

There are reports that the Saints were trying to trade Brandin Cooks for almost a month considering his performance in the last season. The deal is creating a win-win situation for both the teams according to experts. Saints could trade Cooks at the end and get a first-round selection in return at No. 32 pick. The team is expected to make use of the selection to strengthen its defense, reports say. Cooks seem to be happy to play along with Tom Brady and the team members. The wide receiver can add more aggressiveness to the offense of Patriots.

Further details of the contract state that Cooks might get a one-year extension at the end of the four-year contract if the Patriots wanted to keep him on the team. Interestingly, this is similar in the lines of Alshon Jeffery of Philadelphia Eagles and Terrelle Pryor of Redskins contract this year. Both the wide receivers received a similar contract of a one-year extension that is generally called as a "prove it" year for the players. It can be concluded that more players may get similar contracts this year.

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